Who is spreading stories of a rift between actor Rajkummar Rao and his girlfriend Patralekha? Neither of the two love birds, for sure. They are not only happily together, but the reason given for their differences - the sizzling seductive scenes Patralekha has done in her post-launch film Love Games - is according to Rajkummar, utterly absurd.
He laughs off the reported squabble with Patralekha in full public view in the lobby of the building where they stay. "Patralekha and I can't stop laughing at these stories. I feel really sorry for people who spread such stories," says Rajkummar.
Rajkummar wonders who is behind these stories and why they are being spread. "The fact is, I am immensely proud of Patralekha and I truly respect her as a person and her work. She is one of the most talented girls I've met in my entire life."
The actor who has just completed shooting a black comedy called Newton directed by Amit Masurkar says he completely stands by Patralekha's bold and beautiful makeover in Love Games. "She didn't do this film because it's a bold film but because it's performance-driven role and because it is for Mahesh Bhatt Saab and Vishesh films."
In fact there is a strong lobby suggesting that the Rajkummar-Patralekha rift stories are planted to generate interest in the film. It is even being suggested that Sushant Singh Rajput's rumoured with his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande is publicity for his next release Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Rajkummar and Patralekha intend to get married, though they are in no hurry to do so.
Explains Rajkummar, "Right now we are both busy consolidating our respective careers. Of course we'll get married eventually. But we haven't given this matter that much thought. Marriage would be just an extension of our relationship."
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